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WARSAW IN MOURNING

President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and scores of senior Polish politicians and government members have been killed in a plane crash near Smolensk in Russia, on April 10, 2010.
The deputy parliament speaker, the deputy foreign minister, head of the National Security Office, Poland's army chiefs, central bank governor, senators and members of parliament, families of Polish prisoners of war murdered in the village of Katyn during WWII were also among 97 victims.
They were on their way to Katyn for the 70th anniversary of the massacre.

Thousands of people gathered outside presidential palace at Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street and at Pilsudski Square on Saturday evening to lay flowers and light candles in honor of President Kaczynski and other victims of the crash.

The Katyn Forest massacre was a mass murder of many thousands of Polish prisoners of war (primarily military officers, intellectuals, and other public servants) by the Soviet NKVD, based on a proposal from Lavrentiy Beria to execute all members of the Polish Officer Corps.
Dated 5 March 1940, this official document was then approved (signed) by the entire Soviet Politburo including Joseph Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria. The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000, the most commonly cited number being 21,768. The Katyn Forest massacre was the largest of the simultaneous executions of prisoners of war from geographically distant Starobelsk and Ostashkov camps, and the executions of political prisoners from West Belarus and West Ukraine, shot on Stalin's orders at Katyn Forest, at the NKVD headquarters in Smolensk, at a Smolensk slaughterhouse, and at prisons in Kalinin (Tver), Kharkov, Moscow, and other Soviet cities. For 50 years, the Soviet Union blamed the murder of more than 22,000 Polish officers on the Nazis, who uncovered one of the mass graves in the forest of Katyn in 1943. It was only in 1990 that Mikhail Gorbachev admitted Soviet responsibility.

http://www.katyncrime.pl/The,Katyn,Massacre,517.html

"THE LAST LETTER" with fragments of Andrzej Wajda's movie "Katyn"
< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW7HRUBUkAM
White And Red Petale
White And Red Petale
Mourning In Front Of Presidential Palace
Mourning In Front Of Presidential Palace
Candles Along Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street
Candles Along Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street
Tribute To Mr And Mrs President
Tribute To Mr And Mrs President
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Candles Everywhere
Candles Everywhere
Candles For Victims
Candles For Victims
Candles In Front Of Presidential Palace
Candles In Front Of Presidential Palace
Light Of Remembrance
Light Of Remembrance
Sea Of Lights
Sea Of Lights
Candles In The Wind
Candles In The Wind
Pathway Of Light
Pathway Of Light
Black Ribbon On Polish Flag
Black Ribbon On Polish Flag
Pathway Of Light
Pathway Of Light
Cross And Candles
Cross And Candles
People Waiting Along The Street
People Waiting Along The Street
In Awaiting
In Awaiting
President's Body Returns To Warsaw
President's Body Returns To Warsaw
The Convoy Approches
The Convoy Approches
President's Body Returns To Warsaw
President's Body Returns To Warsaw
Tribute To Victims
Tribute To Victims
Flag Lowered
Flag Lowered
Tribute In Front Of Presidential Palace
Tribute In Front Of Presidential Palace
Give And Take
Give And Take
Memorial Stone Of Katyn Massacre
Memorial Stone Of Katyn Massacre
t3%2f62%2f511062%2f4%2f123634789.3NjgKoFq.jpg  At The Presidential Palace
At The Presidential Palace
Giving The Tribute
Giving The Tribute
Giving The Tribute
Giving The Tribute
All 96 Who Lost Their Lives
All 96 Who Lost Their Lives
Huge Flag Of Mourning
Huge Flag Of Mourning
Candles And Flowers For Victims
Candles And Flowers For Victims
Line To Presidential Palace
Line To Presidential Palace
Tribute To Maciej Plazynski
Tribute To Maciej Plazynski
 Flag Of Mourning Over Warsaw
Flag Of Mourning Over Warsaw
Button
Button
In Saski Garden
In Saski Garden
Mourning Service
Mourning Service
Altar
Altar
Button Of Mourning
Button Of Mourning
Altar In Flowers
Altar In Flowers
Pilsudski Square
Pilsudski Square
Pilsudski Square
Pilsudski Square
Altar For The Requiem Mass
Altar For The Requiem Mass
Mourning Ceremony Altar
Mourning Ceremony Altar
Posters At Subway Station
Posters At Subway Station
Mourning Ceremony
Mourning Ceremony
Tribute Poem
Tribute Poem
In National Colors
In National Colors
Simple Tributes
Simple Tributes
TV Program Live
TV Program Live
Symbols
Symbols
Crowds To Pay Tribute
Crowds To Pay Tribute
Long And Wide Line
Long And Wide Line
Lift  Up Your Hearts!
Lift Up Your Hearts!